Fife's outdoors are top for seventh year in a row.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Fife’s outdoors have come out on top again as Scotland’s most popular tourism destination for the seventh year in a row.
Scottish Natural Heritage has revealed that Fife’s coast and countryside continue to be the most visited in Scotland – a record Fife has proudly held since 2006.
The Scottish Recreation Survey: Annual summary report 2012 confirms that Fife received nearly 33 million visits last year, which is just about 100 times the Kingdom’s population. Fife’s estimated average of 31.8 million visits each year since 2004 is at least 10 million more than either Highland or the City of Edinburgh.
About 90% of Fifers make outdoor visits within the Kingdom, with over half making a trip at least once a week – a testament to the quality of and accessibility to the area’s coast and countryside.
“It is fantastic news to know that Fife is Scotland’s most popular outdoor destination for a seventh year in a row,” said Amanda Mcfarlane, Chief Executive of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust – the region’s leading environmental charity responsible for managing and conserving Fife’s countryside.
“Fife boasts a variety of extraordinary coastal and countryside sites, including Scotland’s most popular and longest continuous Fife Coastal Path and the only three Blue Flag beaches in Scotland for 2013.
“It is hugely rewarding to know that our commitment and work across Fife on the local nature reserves, Lomond Hills and our coast and beaches is helping to draw people to Fife’s outdoors.
“We will continue to ensure that the accessibility and quality of the kingdom's countryside provides visitors with the best outdoor experience in Scotland.”
Katherine Leys, Scottish Natural Heritage's Operations Manager for Fife added: "We undertake the Scottish Recreation Survey every year to see how people are using and enjoying the countryside. Fife has done really well once again, which confirms what those of us living in Fife already know – it is a great place to live and enjoy"
Alison Irvine, Senior Access Officer with Fife Council said: “We are very pleased but not surprised that Fife has once again topped the polls in this survey. Fife’s outdoors offer a huge range of beautiful habitats, from beaches to hilltops, all accessible using the extensive network of core paths and the Fife Coastal Path. Communities are often active in developing and maintaining their local path networks, and their contribution to looking after Fife’s countryside is much appreciated by locals and visitors alike.”
If you'd like to read the full Scottish Recreation Survey you can do so here.